Fans of inXile Entertainment have been eagerly awaiting its next RPG, Wasteland 3, for years now. In the time since the sequel was first announced, inXile was acquired by Xbox Game Studios. For some time, the studio has also had another very different post-apocalyptic project being developed in secret: a team-based multiplayer VR shooter set in Antarctica, with support for 20-player matches.
That project is Frostpoint VR: Proving Grounds, and it'll be launched later this year by inXile and publishers Thirdverse (formerly known Yomuneco, the VR developer behind Swords of Gargantua). It's slated for release later this year, following an open beta period soon, for PCs using Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, or Valve Index headsets. This will be inXile's second VR release, following 2017's dungeon crawler The Mage's Tale.
Conceptually, Frostpoint seems a bit like a smaller, team-focused version of a VR shooter like Pavlov crossed with John Carpenter's The Thing. In addition to fighting the other players in either a deathmatch or a control-point holding domination mode, players on either team will have to defend themselves against biomechanical creatures that roam through the icy wastes.
Some of that sci-fi flavor will extend to some of the guns and items players can use in combat, but it also looks like Frostpoint is strongly tilted toward realistic weaponry. A P90 submachine gun reloads differently from an AK47 rifle, and so on.
We should be seeing more from Frostpoint soon, likely around the time of Wasteland 3's release or not long after. Earlier this year, inXile had to delay the Wasteland launch to August 28, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Wasteland 3 will debut on Xbox Game Pass, but it will also be available for purchase on Xbox One, PC, PS4, Mac, and Linux.
As for what comes next after Frostpoint and Wasteland 3, it's a bit early to say. Presumably, inXile's next title will be the first it publishes through Xbox Game Studios, and inXile CEO Brian Fargo has already said it'll be an RPG using Unreal Engine 5.